Spring Fling Entry

The 2021 Spring Fling is hosted by Kaitlyn Sanchez and Ciara O’Neal. They’d love followers! Ciara’s blog is here and Kaitlyn’s blog is here.

https://sites.google.com/view/springflingwritingcontest/main

The directions are: (1) find a gif and (2) write a spring-inspired story that is no longer than 150 words in length (3) post your best story between April 1 and April 3, 2021. Add the URL from your blog to the form on the Entries page of Ciara’s blog.

This is a wood duckling jumping from the nest box at one day old.
Source VAYAGIF.com

IT’S JUMP DAY, DUCKY!

By Joyce Uglow

“Ducklings! EEEPPP! It’s time!” Ducky quivered at Mama Wood duck’s call to jump. His sisters leaped unflustered and upbeat.

“1        2          3          4          5          6          7          8          9 … Where’s your brother?” 

Ducky cowered in the empty nest. “I’ll stay with Blankie.”

“EEEPPP! Be brave!”

Wobbly, worried Ducky peered over the edge.

“Don’t be a sitting duck!”

“I can’t fly.”

“Flutter, fluff, and flap.”

“I’m no rubber ducky! What if I sink?”

Covered with goose-bumpy worries and clutching Blankie, Ducky peered down at the pond. Mama and sisters bobbed below. Ducky leaned a little further… and leaped!

Blankie flapped and fluttered until… SNAG! TANGLE! STUCK!

“Here I come – on my own!”

pointed his wings, “Jeeee!”

and floated “Yippee!”

down, “Whoo w-eet!”

down, “Hooray!”

down, “Zowee!”

and landed.

“Ta da! I’m no chicken! I’m a plucky ducky!”

“And a perfect ten!”

“EEEPPP! Follow me! Let’s make a wake in the lake.”

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Determination

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The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires, 2014, published by Kids Can Press, Ltd.

This magnificent picture book about a girl who is determined to make the bring her ideas to life. She has plan. All she has to do is make it. The notion that “I can do this” is relatable to children.

As is typical in most picture book arc, the trials and tribulations turns out to be difficult. It is so hard in fact, that she quits. Readers will see that it is okay to make mistakes. Sprires’ masterful use of precise action words are engaging and inspirational . This book has curricular tie-ins to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math as well as to social emotional teachable moments.

The Power of Yet by Maryann Cocca-Leffler, 2021, published by Harry N. Abrams

This picture book kicked off the shiny new 21 year! It tells the story of one piglet who uses the power of yet to conquer frustration. She is determined to flip pancakes and play the violin. Readers will see that with practice, patience, and determination, anything is possible!

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